Residents who were in a flap over a missing bevy of swans have expressed their joy at news it has been found.
The birds, which had been nesting in the Ballumbie area since 2006, hadn’t been seen since early August.
Fears had been raised that the two adults and their seven cygnets may have been driven away after being targeted by a group of youths.
Deborah Selbie, 54, of Silver Birch Drive, said after the Tele reported the story, another reader got in touch to say the birds had been spotted near Burnside of Duntrune.
And she said the swans, which had been a familiar and well-loved sight around the pond area of Ballumbie Castle Golf Club, were thriving in their new habitat.
Deborah said: “The lady who contacted me said she frequently takes her two sons to this pond to feed the ducks and she saw the two adults and seven cygnets walking up the dirt track to the pond. They looked as if they were arriving at a new location and the number of birds added up – not all pairs have seven cygnets.
“I am over the moon to have seen the swans in their new habitat – it’s more than three miles from the Ballumbie Ponds. Their new pond is fairly hidden and the cygnets are thriving.”
A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland said breeding mute swans generally remain in their original territory.
He said: “Once established, pairs can be very resilient and persistent, even if breeding success is poor. If people believe that these birds are being harassed or persecuted, they should report the incident to the police who can then investigate.”
There are believed to be between 1,300-1,400 territorial pairs in Scotland.
That is likely to increase to 8,000 pairs in the winter with non-breeding migrant visitors.